Okay…I’m back. And I really don’t have a good excuse! I am finally updating with something I made last week Wednesday with the help of my lovely friend Jamie at her place. It is starting to get busier and busier at work, so my posting might be a bit spotty as my laziness post-work kicks in; but I will try to be better!
Jamie is a self-proclaimed non-cook, so we picked something easy for our first foray into making dinner together, and I must say it turned out pretty good! We made Chicken with Broccoli and Garlic Sauce and served it over some microwaved brown rice, my fave short cut.
For this dish you need a large skillet with a lid. Unfortunately Jamie and I got started before realizing this, so we improvised with a cutting board instead! To start, heat a bit of oil in the skillet. Add garlic and let crisp up. While the garlic is cooking season your chicken with some salt and thyme. After a minute or so, add in the chicken to saute.
Obviously raw chicken isn’t the most appetizing of pics, but it is all part of the process!
Anyways, when the chicken is browned on all sides, it should take about 3-5 minutes, you add in the broccoli.
Cover with the lid, or cutting board in our case, and let cook together for about 2 minutes. Then you add in some chicken broth and recover for about 5 minutes.
While this is simmering, in a cup dissolve cornstarch in the remaining broth, stirring until combined.
Add to the chicken and broccoli in the skillet. Let simmer, stirring constantly, for a few minutes until thickened. Once the sauce is thickened, dish the mixture into bowls with some brown rice and serve with soy sauce.
This was a great quick and easy weeknight meal. Jamie and I followed the recipe exactly, and I think next time I would reduce the amount of broth as it never really quite thickened as much as we hoped! The recipe below reflects what we made, but use your judgment when adding the broth as you cook and reduce if you think necessary.
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb chicken, boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups broccoli, cut into florets
1 1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups brown rice, cooked or microwaved
Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat
On a plate or in a bowl, sprinkle chicken with thyme and salt, set aside
Add garlic to skillet and let cook 1-2 minutes
Add chicken and stir, cooking for about 3 minutes or until chicken is browned on all sides
Toss in broccoli and cover skillet, cooking 2 minutes
Remove cover and add in 1 cup broth, re-cover and let cook for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through
While everything is cooking, dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup of broth
Remove cover from skillet and add in cornstarch/broth mixture
Stir constantly, Simmering for about 1-3 minutes, or until sauce is thickened
Serve over brown rice
Yields about 1/2 cup rice and 1 cup chicken per serving